In a Different Light: Visual Culture, Sexual Identity, Queer Practice

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In a Different Light documents a landmark exhibition at the University Art Museum, and features curatorial essays, over 100 reproductions of all the artwork in the exhibition, and a selection of fiction, personal essays, rants, and image-text projects on the power of visual culture. This book explores the resonances of gay, lesbian and queer experience in American culture, particularly in the past thirty years. In a Different Light engages a range of queer issues, aesthetic concerns, and formal styles. Instead of...
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Overview

In a Different Light documents a landmark exhibition at the University Art Museum, and features curatorial essays, over 100 reproductions of all the artwork in the exhibition, and a selection of fiction, personal essays, rants, and image-text projects on the power of visual culture. This book explores the resonances of gay, lesbian and queer experience in American culture, particularly in the past thirty years. In a Different Light engages a range of queer issues, aesthetic concerns, and formal styles. Instead of inquiring "What does lesbian or gay art look like?" the curators ask: "How are queer artists looking at the world?" This is the first time that a major American museum has considered this important subject in a broad cross-generational context. The inclusion of literary work in the context of this exhibition catalog brings into focus the relationships between artists and writers in lesbian and gay culture, the interaction of genres and media in these representations, and the impact of visual culture - the arts, popular iconography, advertising, and style - on the formation of identity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780872863002
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
An Introduction to In a Different Light 1
Curating In a Different Light 9
A Lesbian Show 45
The Great American Lesbian Art Show 50
Extended Sensibilities 53
Against Nature 56
Erotophobia 59
All But the Obvious and Situation 64
A Brief History of Trial BALLOON... 67
Void 74
Self 86
Drag 97
Other 109
Couple 122
Family 135
Orgy 145
World 161
Utopia 168
Writing In a Different Light 177
An Introduction to Lover 183
New Category: Mother/Daughter Relationships 198
from Andy Warhol's Movie Sleep 200
Wedding in Denmark 215
Poets Beware... 222
Showing Our Faces: A Century of Black Women Photographed 223
Queen for 307 Days: Looking B(l)ack at Vanessa Williams and the Sex Wars 233
The Postmodern Ethnic Brunch: Devouring Difference 253
Hothead Paisan 263
from the S.C.U.M. Manifesto 267
Prison Breakout Series 280
from Historical Treasures 287
The Boiler Time Machine 294
from Safe 303
Are You "A GAY"? 309
from The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec by Henri Toulouse Laurec 311
Allan Stein 329
Rimbaud, 1979 337
Exhibition Checklist 340
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